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  1. One thing I thought of when reading Violet Crown's concerns about books disappearing was -- when I was a teen/young adult (1970's), lots of books disappeared because there were very few places to buy books. Many books I read could only be found through the library system (and I know they had their own limitations on what could be kept). Amazon, for all its faults, opened up a world of books to the average buyer that were no longer published and unfindable before (well, I'm sure serious collectors had their ways -- but to the general public I mean). I know I personally went crazy buying books once I understood what was available, and prices for much of that has only come down since (this is not to say that paper books aren't hitting a online revolution similar to music has, that may affect what is available online-- but that even if things change, there are still FAR more old, out of print paper books available today then when I was young).
  2. What I found is that reading boring parts to myself is FAR different than reading them aloud. I skim-read all the boring parts -- and only realized this when I tried to read certain books aloud to my kids -and we're talking books I'd read many, many times to myself and loved! (Swallows and Amazons, I'm looking at you).
  3. Ok, so am I the only one who thinks the beginning of the Lord of the Rings is BORING! I have reread this many, many times -- yearly for a long time, although lately it is more like every few years -- i didn't think much about it until now but normally I skip a great deal of the beginning. I like all the friendship parts, but I usually skip a lot of the party and then the forest, and Tom Bombadil, and barrowdowns.... Well, I guess I'll continue to trudge through it, desperately waiting until they finally get to Bree (not sure why but that is where I normally stop skipping so much). Read the new MurderBot book, yay! and the new Penric book, yay again!
  4. Dealing with Dragons and the rest of the Enchanted Forest Series by Patricia Wrede. Reading Dealing with Dragons now with DD the younger because it is not a book she would have picked up herself-- she's laughing out loud as we read each day. Read it with DD the older because I loved it when I read it (as an adult) and DD the older loved the whole series. And they are VERY different in their book tastes.
  5. Looking forward to the Lord of the Rings discussion -- plus it will fit right in my reading year which so far is mostly re-reads. Recent ones include the MurderBot books which were just as enjoyable the 2nd time. And recently listened to for the first time (although I've read them many times) 2 of the Chalion series by Lois McMaster Bujold, and then I reread her 1st 3 Penric books since they came out in book form all together.
  6. Blown away by those numbers I went looking at my states schools. In the big city the high schools are around 3k kids, in my mid-size city, they are around 1.5k, even in what I think of as small towns (<5k) they are still pretty big at around 400 kids -- but then I found these little tiny towns in the middle of nowhere with <1k people and ~16 kids in HS. I don't doubt a tiny HS probably doesn't offer too much in the way of foreign language -- because how could they? OTOH ~30k town I grew up in has stayed same size and ~same # of students and gone from offering 2 languages( Spanish and French) to offering 5 (Spanish, French, German, ASL, and Mandarin).
  7. You guys are cracking me up with the melting pot references -- the indoctrination of US children apparently spread to world citizens too!
  8. I've loved LOTR since my early teens but never much cared for The Hobbit. Although I usually reread LOTR every few years, I have never included The Hobbit in that reread -- but I did finally reread The Hobbit before the movies came out -- it was amazing how I had forgotten a whole section of the book (everything after Bilbo meets the dragon basically). Not sure I'm up to reading it again right now but hopefully will jump in once y'all get to LOTR. Most of the books I'm reading right now are "new year" type books: Skim re-read Atomic Habits and just started Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, and listening to How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana White. So far that last one is the clear winner in actually getting me to do something 😄 Too early to tell with Tiny Habits -- it starts out well but I'm not sure how he's going to have a whole book on this idea without lots of repetition.
  9. Favorite childhood books -- as an avid re-reader I don't think most of my favorites at the time survived adolescence and so were lost in the Pit of Lost Memories. I do have a number of books that managed to make it through re-reading as adolescent and adult-- tops are probably: The Secret Garden and Swallows and Amazons (I must admit this 2nd one did not survive a "read aloud" to my kids-- it is much more enjoyable when I can skim over all the many sailing descriptions)
  10. Robin, Meant to tell you this in my last post and forgot.... I must admit I downloaded the bingo sheets for myself and older DD last year and then, well.... forgot all about it …. until today when older DD (who let me remind you is dyslexic) and I had a whole long conversation about how she didn't enjoy reading because it was too much work... at the end of which she tacks on "by the way, where did you put my book bingo for 2020?" 2 Bingo sheets are now downloaded and printed 😄
  11. Just wanted to say although I have greatly enjoyed most Lois McMaster Bujold SciFi books, I LOVED the The Curse of Chalion and it's sequel Paladin of Souls. Also LOVE her Penric series in the same universe. For Connie Willis, I have found much more hit or miss, although I did actually love To Say Nothing of the Dog (which led me to read the classic Three Men in a Boat which I also loved). Bellwether is another of my favorites, but I have found many of her books VERY hard to get started (Doomsday Book I'm looking at you multiple times! and Passage I completely gave up on)
  12. We have 3 of those mesh drawers, and I LOVE them -- they are super sturdy. 1 in each kids room and 1 by back door. My older daughter was just asking for another but sadly our Costco is not carrying them now.
  13. I've been trying to finish up some books that have been hanging out on my goodreads "reading" list for FAR too long -so just finished Turid Rugaas Calming Signals for Dogs (which was actually quite short and also very good -- I think it is pure dog owner guilt that kept me from reading it 😫 -- will add that I actually used something from it already and it appeared to work wonderfully for my cat chasing, bark crazy dog). Which is interesting to me because I do NOT have the other type of guilt factor in the link Robin attached and SWB link as well (except maybe in the very last week of the year when I'm only 3 books away from goal LOL). I didn't met my goal in 2018 (2 books a week) and did meet it last year (3 books a week). Even in my last week crunch time, I started a boring (to me) book that was very short -- and then thought NOPE! not struggling through this book just to meet that goal. Looking forward to all the excellent recommendations from the BAW peeps in 2020! ETA my goodreads link:
  14. After many months hiatus (well, I've been reading now and then but not posting), wanted to say that I listened to The Goblin Emperor (thanks to MumTo2 I think- I've read it before but never listened) -- it was good but I'm glad I read it first. There were def a couple spots where if I were reading it, I would have gone back and tried to find the earlier reference to something brought up and the names were MUCH more confusing listening than reading. Anyway I still love it 😄
  15. What the other kids can or can't do is irrelevant IMO. If you need it done on your time schedule (as you have stated several times) then for this child you need to wake her up and check on her. I also am one that struggled with getting up in the morning -- no matter what time I went to bed. I was a total zombie in the morning into my 30's and getting up earlier was far worse for me (although I'm sure it appeared from outside that I was just dawdling around -- from inside I was still mostly asleep!) Thankfully my Dad woke me up every morning in high school. On my own I just struggled (could sleep through walking across the room to turn the alarm off and just desperately threw clothes on and ran out the door many, many times) -- and fwiw nothing that happened every day no matter how urgent (and chores would never have made my urgent list) could maintain a high drive to get up (i.e for special occasions I could do it -- but not every day).
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